The ice is out of the river, the sun has been shining for three days, and today the entire world has been out enjoying the fine day. Thanks be to God, to Mother Nature, and to anyone else who might be able to claim some responsibility. It sure has made for a lovely Easter Sunday in Fredericton. As I went for a long(ish) run earlier today, it was impossible not to feel good, even joyful. Trees don’t unfurl their tender new leaves in this neck of the woods until mid-May, so we have several weeks ahead with unobstructed views of the broad, beautiful, rapidly flowing (and rising) St. John River, plus many smaller rivers and side streams. We can take advantage of our increasing inventory of snow-free trails, as the snow pack on the unpaved trails surrenders to the warmth of the strengthening spring sun. The dog-walkers have been out all winter, as have keen runners and cyclists. But now we are joined by growing numbers of parents pushing strollers, kids on inline skates and skate boards, discerning walkers of all ages … pretty well everyone. And every one of them is smiling.
For those of you who don’t get much snow, you were probably tired of your few months of dormant winter grass and leafless trees and are now exalting in daffodils, tulips, flowering trees and greening grass. Or maybe you never have snow, in which case you must get tired of all that gardening and yard work! When the main event of spring is seeing the snow melt (even though there is nothing more beautiful, snow does have a tendency to outlast its welcome), it’s remarkable how the yellowed grass and bare trees that seemed so grim in November can now seem so attractive. It’s all a matter of perspective.
Happy Easter, everyone. And welcome to spring, wherever you live.